By Joe Gulick
Texas Tech had one of its greatest football seasons in 1976 — with a 10-1 regular season record and a Southwest Conference co-championship shared with the University of Houston.
The Red Raider’s comment in this Oct. 7, 1976, cartoon may seem puzzling, but here is the context: Tech was about halfway through a six-week period where, because of three consecutive away games and two open dates, the Red Raiders did not have a game at home.
TCU was at arguably the lowest point of its football history, coming off two consecutive 1-10 seasons and four games into what would be an 0-11 season.
Baylor quarterback Mark Jackson had been booed in the first half by fans in Waco the previous Saturday but led the Bears to 18 fourth-quarter points and an 18-17 victory over South Carolina. Coach Grant Teaff called the booers “quitter fans” after the game and said, “The ones that booed can line up single file at the back of the stands and jump off.”
The Boo Bird is referring to Dallas Cowboy defensive ends Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Harvey “Too Mean” Martin. Meanwhile, Dirk recognized Texas A&M’s centennial — but with a gag.
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